2015 Le Clos du Caillou "La Réserve" Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1316127 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Probably the Côtes du Rhône of the vintage (which is not unusual), the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Reserve got a few expletives in the notes and is a giant killer! Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by awesome notes of black raspberries, graphite, crushed herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, incredibly pure and elegant, with serious depth and power, it’s a fabulous effort that I’d be thrilled to have in the cellar. (JD)  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

The story of this remarkable estate is personified in the "La Reserve" bottling. In the mid-1930s, a team of surveyors traveled all throughout the appellations of France determining the boundaries for each wine region. Chateauneuf du Pape was one of the first to be demarcated by this team. If you look at a map of the region though, there is a sliver missing from the whole of the pie. The story goes a little like this - when the original surveyors for the appellation system knocked on the door of Clos du Caillou, instead of a welcome, they were greeted by a shotgun. Scaring away these officials essentially left this part of the property out of the appellation as an almost punishment for this transgression. This mythologized the estate and we as consumers benefit by getting a wine of top tier Chateauneuf quality for pretty much a Cotes-du-Rhone price. The La Reserve is about 70% Grenache with 30% Mourvedre planted on sandy soils from the original "clos" or walled vineyard of the estate. The "clos" is situated next to their vines that go into their Chateauneuf Reserve which is usually around 3 times the price. All grapes are farmed organically, hand harvested, fermented in concrete tanks with indigenous yeasts and aged in demi-muid (600L casks) for 12 to 14 months.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2017 | Send Email
From the old vine Clos that serves as the walled reminder of their past transgressions. This goes well beyond Chateauneuf look-a-like. The wine comes from sandy soils like Rayas. It is rich and dense with an explosive bouquet of gorgeous red and black fruit. A panoply of flavors unfolds on the palate with a long, long finish. Hard to believe its not Chateauneuf, and not one that would be $100.

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape